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Moving to South Africa: Customs Information

Have you decided to make the move to South Africa? Once you know you are moving to South Africa you will want to arrange to have some of your personal items shipped overseas. When moving household goods and personal effects it is wise to research that country’s customs information for imports. That way you will understand exactly what you can and can’t take and what you may be charged duty for. If you are using an international removal company to handle your move then this should not be a problem as they will be able to provide you with professional advice and arrange all documentation for you.

If you would like more information on what is required when shipping to South Africa please keep reading.

Specific Information

The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.

The shipper must possess required documents and forward a copy to agent prior to import.

The shipment of household items, new furniture, and precious metal objects are all treated as commercial import and will be subject to payment of full duties.

The following household goods may be imported duty free if meeting the following requirements:

Works of art forming part of a bona fide household shipment or are over 100 years old.

The articles have been in the use and possession for more than 12 months and are not for sale or other disposal.

Documents required

  • Customs Form DA 302 and P.1.160
    · Original Passport (including page with Entry Stamp)
    · Detailed inventory of items being shipped
    · Permanent residence documents / Temporary Residence Permit and Work Permit
    · Affidavit (stating reason for arrival in to South Africa)

Restricted Items

  • Local currency over $10,000; including gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold all must be declared.
  • Endangered species of plants of wildlife, alive or dead, including parts and articles made from them.
  • Animal or animal by-products
  • Medicines for personal use (will require note from doctor and prescription)
  • Cigarettes (200), cigars (20), tobacco (250g)
  • Perfume (50 ml) Eau de toilette (250 ml)
  • Goods for personal use
  • Wine / Liquor / Alchohol – import Permit and Liquor Removal Certificate required, items may be subject to payment of duties and any documentation must be met prior to arrival of shipment.
  • Dangerous Goods / Firearms – import permit and South African Police Firearm Registrar Certificate SAP 312 are required. Items are subject to the payment of duties.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Illegal drugs
  • Plants and vegetable products
  • Pornographic books and magazines
  • Walkie-talkies and radios (may include other prohibited communication devices)
  • Animal products (certain feathers, furs, skins, tusks, or animals identified under protected specifies regulations)

For more information on shipping to South Africa, or to arrange your Free Pre-Move Survey for removals to South Africa please contact Burke Bros Moving Group on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk.

March 11th, 2016 | Categories: Blog